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Needle Felting – Feutrage à l’aiguille

I had heard of needle felting but never really looked into it or tried it.

Until late 2012.

I was at a Christmas party at a little art spot and someone was showing needle felting at a table. I followed my friend to the table and initially was just going to watch but I was intrigued.

I sat down, made my first pokes and was hooked. This was a craft that I was going to love.

Two weeks later I had my first kit in hand and once I started and have not stopped since. I look at my first creations now and I see how far I have come.

It is amazing how pieces or raw wool can be transformed into sceneries, animals, creatures and people, all with the poke of a needle. Felting itself, as a method of making cloth, hats, slippers and other shapes has been around since the domestication of sheep, but needle felting as a way to make 3D objects is a new art.

 In the 1950’s industrial felting machines started making sheets of felt for industrial purposes (lining pianos and other types of applications) but it was only in the 1980’s that the needles were used separately and individually by hand and that sculpting with wool became a possibility. Needle felting can now be explained as the process of making an object out of raw wool by poking it repeatedly with a very sharp barbed needle that tangles, mixes and eventually compresses fibres. Making a 3D object can not only take hours, but can take thousands and thousands of pokes. It is a time laborious method but the more pokes the denser the product and the less fragile it becomes.

Etsy

Below is a Gallery of creations that I have made and  you can check out my Etsy Shop to see what I have for sale…

 

 

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Am I an Artist now? More new Creations…

I have been spending so much time needle felting and it feels great, especially after the kids are in bed. I love having a craft to dive into and I am loving the things that I create. I found an amazing supplier of roving and beautiful coloured wool in Montreal called Bure & Linon. Not only does she sell wool in Bulk (well bulk when you are needle felting) but she does so from her own home and I love to support someone local. I bought a few colours which was an investment, but I am looking at it in that way. As an investment. With each creation I make, the better I become and I am starting to recognize that.

Wordless Wednesday…

I now have company while needle felting…

Willa needle feltingColin needle felting

Colin’s first creation is the little bird in front (nearest to camera)

Colin's first creation... (the little bird closest to camera)

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Latest Creations…

I just added a few more creations to my Etsy page so I thought it would be a good thing to share them here also…

 

Last time, I shared this guy:

Needle Felted BunnyNeedle Felted Bunny

Well, now he has a mate and a little baby!  Isn’t the baby adorable? She can nestle up to her mama and it looks like she is nursing. The adult Bunnies are around 5″ tall and the little one is about an 1 1/2 inches…. The parents both have their own personalities and I love the way the whole family looks together.
Needle Felted Bunny FamilyNeedle Felted Bunny baby

Needle Felted Bunny Baby with Carrot

 

This mama and baby are a bit rustic but I still love the way she turned out. She has a bun in her hair and a beautiful green dress all made of wool and she even has underwear under that dress 😉

I need to get more comfortable in making humans though because there is something about the face that gets me. I see the attraction of doing Waldorf style dolls for that reason because they often don’t have a face.

 

Needle Felted mama and babyNeedle Felted mama and babyNeedle Felted mama and baby

I really like the way that these mice turned out but there was something about them that were not exactly what I wanted when I thought of what I wanted my mice to look like. I feel like these two belong together though. I have come to think of them as the twins… After having made my last set of mice, I am now thinking that they guyys may look more like rats. Though I am still not sure… what do you think?

Two needle felted mice

I love how this Bird and nest came out. The bird is a perfect size for playing with and the eggs are so simple and look no natural in the nest. The nest itself is made from two different coloured wools and I just felted it until is came into shape. I have a feeling that there will be more like this in the near future…

Needle Felted Blue bird and Nest with eggsNeedle Felted Nest and Eggslittle blue bird (needle felted)Willa holding the little blue bird

Right after I made the bird and nest, I made these… it actually started with just one and then I decided to try to make an earring out of it. It was much simpler then I thought.  Then of course I have to make another that looked exactly like it. Which worked out perfectly.

 

Needle Felted bird Earrings (same as before just better pics)

My last and latest creations are another set of mice. These were more what I was envisioning and I am so proud that they turned out the way they did!  I started with one, which turned out to the be little one and then realized that he looked childish so of course he needed a parent. When I was done both of them, there was still something missing, so I started on the scarf and vest. Now they are perfect! The scarf is knitted on size 2mm needles using Fine (Sport or 2) woollen yarn and is just 8 tiny stitches across using the stockinette stitch. The vest is crocheted out of the same yarn using a size 2.5 hook. Aren’t they cute?!

Needle Felted Mice: Dad and Son

Needle Felted Mouse with knitted scarfNeedle Felted Mouse with Crocheted vest

Needle Felted Mouse with Crocheted vest

It can and does take hours for these creations to come together but each one take on a life of its own and I love to do it.

Of course, if you have fallen in love with one of these little guys, check out my Etsy page!

Crochet sets and more needle felting

I have been keeping busy lately either crocheting or needle felting depending on my mood and the time. I find that needle felting is easier in the evening after Willa is in bed or when she is playing outside in the snow with the boys (but when she is outside I always end up cleaning up). The way I have been needle felting lately is that I start making something without knowing what I am making and just letting it transform, so when I do that I want to get into the moment and it is easier when there are no constant distractions or little hands wanting to touch what I am doing.

Here is another bunny I made with a carrot. Like the first little guy, he has a pipe cleaner base and can be posed. I think I will be making more of these and selling them. They are so cute, the perfect size for playing and fun to make. At one point I would love to make a family of bunnies with a little woodland home for them to play in.

Needle felted bunny and carrot

 

This dragon started with a head  and I had no idea what he was going to be until I started shaping him more. He almost became either cow or a croc but then I decided that he would make great baby dragon tuckered out from a day of playing…

Needle felted sleeping dragon

Needle felted sleeping dragon

This guy also started with a head but I had a feeling that I wanted him to become a squirrel and so he did. He is actually quite big with his head being more then 3 1/2 inches tall and his tail reaching 5 inches. I made a little acorn for him also which he can hold between his paws.

Needle felted SquirrelNeedle felted SquirrelNeedle felted Squirrel

In other moments I am often Crocheting. There are a few shows that I really enjoy and that I watch on the computer and when I did so, I would always feel guilty that I was “wasting” time that I could be using for doing something productive instead of just something that I enjoy but that doesn’t bring me fulfilment. Crocheting is the perfect answer to that. I can sit a watch something and crochet at the same time. Have my guilty pleasure yet still be productive. I Love it!

I am trying to find things that I can sell so I thought that dish cloths and scrubber set might be a good answer to that.

Aren’t they pretty?

Crochet Dish sets

I am hoping that a set like this might be a good seller. The dishcloth is 8 1/2 inches wide and the scrubber is about 3 inches wide and fits perfectly into your hand when scrubbing rough to get spots on dishes.

Crocheted Dish sets

Another thing I have ready to sell is a cat costume with ears and a tail like the one I made for Willa. However, this one is actually adjustable since I made ties instead of being one piece or with a button and not only that but the tail portion is even more adjustable with the way I made the tie.

Crochets cat costume (tail and ears)

Now to figure out prices… (that seems to be the hardest part!!)